List of non-FIFA and former national association football teams by nickname

The following is a list of nicknames of non-FIFA and former national association football teams.


Non-FIFA teams

ConIFA teams
  • Nicknames in italics are commonly used in English.
Team Nickname English translation Notes Ref.
 Abkhazia Абхазы Abkhasians From the Legendary Longevity of Abkhazians people. [1]
Горцы Highlanders From the Greater Caucasus mountains in northwestern Georgia. [2]
Кавказцы Caucasians
 Arameans Suryoye Arameans For Syriacs (Arameans) worldwide [3]
 Artsakh Խաչակիրներ The Crusaders From the volunteer detachment of the Armenians from the diaspora who volunteered to go and fight in the Artsakh conflict. [4]
 Barawa مدينة ﺑﺮﺍﻭة Barawani The Bravanese people, also known as the Barawani [5]
 Cascadia Dougies The Doug, or Douglas fir, is one of the primary symbols of the Cascadia bioregion. [6]
 Chagos Islands Chagossians The Chagos Islands team plays for the Chagossian people exiled from their homeland by a US military base. [7]
 County of Nice La Selecioun The Selection The County of Nice National Football Team is a football team that represents the County of Nice France. The name refers to the chosen or selected. [8]
 Darfur Darfur United The Darfur representative football team, also called Darfur United, is a team representing Darfur, a region in western Sudan. Their players all live in refugee camps in neighboring Chad. [9]
 Ellan Vannin Ellan Vannin Isle of Man The Ellan Vannin Football Team is a football team that represents the Isle of Man [10]
 Felvidék The Felvidék football team represents the Hungarian minority in Upper Hungary, now part of the Slovak Republic [11]
 Franconia Franken-Elf Franken Eleven The team representing the people of Franconia, located in south-central Germany [12]
 Greenland Polar-Bamserne The Polar Teddybears The team represents Greenland in international football. [13]
 Kurdistan Region The Tricolour The team is the national team of the Kurdistan Region, its flag has the tricolor of green red and white. [14]
 Kabylie The Kabylie The Kabylia football team is the team representing the Kabylie people, who live in northern Algeria. [15]
 Kárpátalja kaːrpaːtɒjjɒ This is the team representing the Hungarian minority which lives in Carpathian Ruthenia, Ukraine [15]
 Kiribati Kiribati Kiribis The football team representing Kiribati's 34 beautiful atolls, reefs, and islands. [16][17]
 Lazistan Lazistani Lazistan represents the multiethnic peoples of the Eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey. [18]
 Matabeleland Ingqungqulu The Warrior Birds The Matabeleland football team is the team representing Matabeleland, the western part of Zimbabwe. [19]
 Monaco Monegasque National Team The Monaco national football team is a national side that represents Monaco in association football. [20]
 Northern Cyprus Kuzey Kıbrıs Millî Futbol Takımı Northern Cyprus National team The Northern Cyprus national football team represents Northern Cyprus, a de facto country. [21]
 Occitania La Seleccion The Selection The team is the football team of Occitania, which is the name given to areas of southern France, westernmost Italy and a small valley in northern Spain where the Occitan language is spoken. [22]
 Padania I Rossocrociati The Red-Crossed Saint George's cross has been used extensively as a symbol of Northern Italy. It was also included in the previous version of the flag of Padania. [23]
 Quebec Les Québécois The Québécois Named after the – French-speaking – inhabitants of Quebec which is a Canadian province. [24]
 Raetia Die Bündner The Grisons Graubünden (Grisons) is the largest canton in Switzerland. [25]
 Romani people I Rom The Gypsies Also called Romany, Gypsies are people living all over Europe but are originally of Indian origin. [26]
 Sápmi Lapps Laplanders These are Finno-Ugric people who come from what today is Sápmi an area around parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula within the Murmansk Oblast of Russia. [27]
 Sardinia Sa Natzionale The National Team From the Sardinians who are native to the island. [28]
 Skåneland Skånelandene The Scanians From the Skånelandene region of the southern Scandinavian peninsula which includes the Swedish provinces of Blekinge, Halland, and Scania.
 Somaliland Somaliland Somaliland team From the autonomous region in northwestern Somalia that functions as a de-facto country.
 South Ossetia
 Székely Land
 Tamil Eelam
 Tibet 禁断の集団 The Forbiddens Named after the Danish documentary on the team, called The Forbidden Team. [29]
 United Koreans in Japan FC Korea [30]
 Western Armenia The Highlanders [31]
 Western Sahara Los Dromedarios The Dromedaries [32]
 Yorkshire The Vikings The Vikings represent Yorkshire in International football. The Vikings are major historical influencers of Yorkshire culture including dialect words and aspects of pronunciation derive from old Norse. [33][34]
 Zanzibar Zanzibar Heroes [32]
The Leopards [32]
Other non-FIFA teams
  • Nicknames in italics are commonly used in English.
Team Nickname English translation Notes Ref.
 Basque Country Euskal Selekzioa The Basque Team [35]
 Catalonia La Selecció The Selection [36]
La Quatribarrada The Quadruple In reference to the four orange horizontal bands on the flag of Catalonia. [36]
La Segadora The Reapers Els Segadors is the official anthem of Catalonia. [36]
La Senacaf The Senacaf [36][37]
 French Guiana Les Yana Dòkòs The Yana Dòkòs [38]
 Micronesia The Four Stars In reference to the stars on the flag of the F.S. of Micronesia. [39]
 Great Britain Team GB [40]
 Guadeloupe Les Gars de Guadeloupe Guys of Guadeloupe [41]
Les Boug'Wada Gwada Boys [41]
 Martinique Les Matinino The Matatino Tribute to the history of the island. [42][43]
 Northern Mariana Islands The Blue Ayuyus Ayuyu is the name given to the Cocount crab. [44]
 Réunion Club R In reference to the initial for Réunion. [45]
 Republika Srpska
 Saint Martin Saint Swallows [citation needed]
 Sint Maarten
  Vatican City

Former teams

  • Translations in italics indicate nicknames also used in English.
Team Nickname English translation Notes Ref.
 East Germany Weltmeister der Freundschaftsspiele World Champion of Friendlies Dubbed by Fritz Wutke, recalling the 3–3 draw against Brazil in the Maracanã Stadium coming from a three-goal deficit. [46][47]
 Mandatory Palestine Eretz Israel Land of Israel [48]
 Netherlands Antilles De Antilopen The Antelopes [citation needed]
 Serbia and Montenegro Plavi


The Blues [citation needed]
 South Vietnam Rồng Vàng Golden Dragon [citation needed]
 South Yemen صقور الجنوب South Falcons [citation needed]
 Soviet Union Красная Армия The Red Army [citation needed]
 Yugoslavia Plavi The Blues [citation needed]
 Zaire Les Léopards The Leopards [49]

See also


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